John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Framework focuses on water management in the minerals industry

    24/10/2006 1:43 PM
     
    24/10/06

    The minerals industry has been commended for its continual improvements to water planning and management.

    Resources Minister John Bowler today launched the ‘Framework for Strategic Water Management in the Minerals Industry’ at the Minerals Council of Australia’s Sustainable Development Conference in Perth.

    The framework has been developed by the MCA and the Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources (MCMPR).

    “The minerals industry is to be congratulated for approaching the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to jointly prepare the framework,” Mr Bowler said.

    “Responsible water planning and management is critical to ensure that water resources are fully valued as an environmental, community and economic asset.

    “The framework identifies objectives and principles which should guide the use of Australia’s most precious natural resource at mine sites and mineral processing operations.”

    The Minister said the framework emphasised that the minerals industry, like all consumers of water, must not take access to water for granted, especially in times of climate change.

    “The framework encourages industry to recognise water as a vital strategic and business asset,” he said.

    “The framework highlights the importance for the minerals sector, at both corporate and site level, to manage water in ways which go beyond simply complying with regulatory conditions and requirements.

    “It is also important for the minerals industry to be active in the policy debates on water reforms at all levels of government.”

    The Framework for Strategic Water Management in the Minerals Industry is available on the MCMPR web site at http://www.industry.gov.au/mcmpr

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